Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Aquaculture industry is headed for a sea change

Planning a salmon barbecue? Your options will be limited this year. With a complete 2019 closure on Fraser River sockeye, due to dismal returns, your options are to buy Alaska sockeye or farmed Atlantic salmon.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

Washington: Years of land trust efforts come together in Camano Island's newest park

Barnum Point Preserve consists of 27 acres of land that was purchased by donations from more than 600 supporters and countless hours of dedicated volunteers. There are 7 different trails you can hike on the 27 acres. Future expansion of the park is slated for 2019 to double the area of the park and add more parking.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Company demonstrates ‘salmon cannon’ technology’s potential to restore species to the Upper Columbia

Standing above the point where Chief Joseph Dam prevents thousands of chinook salmon each year from migrating upstream in the Columbia River, Darnell Sam praised new technology that could restore salmon runs all the way to Canada and beyond.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

Tides don't always flush water out to sea

In Willapa Bay in Washington state, scientists discovered that water washing over tidal flats during high tides is largely the same water that washed over them during the previous high tide. This 'old' water has not been mixed with 'new' water and has lower levels of food for creatures in the bay. Oysters grown on flats where 'old' water stays longer showed a 25% drop in dry tissue weight per shell height.

Pacific Northwest
Science

Canada Group Works to Help the Kelp: Where are they now?

This year a team of Haida, federal government, industry, and academic partners have transformed a stretch of urchin barrens to lush kelp forests, improving habitat for abalone and rockfish as they implement Gwaii Haanas’ newest ecosystem conservation and restoration project: Chiixuu Tll iinasdll: Nurturing Seafood to Grow.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

Washington: Wood chips fly at Elwha River as beavers make a comeback

ELWHA RIVER — The Elwha watershed is booming with new life, after the world’s largest dam removal.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

Oregon researchers work on more resilient coastlines

The research could help communities all across the country and in Oregon

Pacific Northwest
Science

New viruses discovered in endangered wild Pacific salmon populations

Three new viruses -- including one from a group of viruses never before shown to infect fish -- have been discovered in endangered Chinook and sockeye salmon populations

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Offbeat Oregon: The Cape Kiwanda dory fleet of Pacific City

If you get up early enough in the summertime in Pacific City, you might get to watch the Cape Kiwanda dory fleet launching for a day of fishing — launching right off the beach, into the teeth of the surf.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

Canadian Coast Funds Welcomes Three First Nations Women to BOD

Coast Funds announced today the appointment of three First Nations women to its board of directors: Christina Gray, nominated by the North Coast Skeena Stewardship Society; Ts’xwiixw Megan Moody, nominated by the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance; and Kii’iljuus Barbara Wilson, nominated by the Council of the Haida Nation.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Oregon brings home $15 million for salmon

The state of Oregon has secured $15 million for salmon habitat restoration projects throughout the state. The funding comes from the Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund and is distributed by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

Pacific Northwest
Property

Oregon: Facebook meets with Tierra Del Mar residents on Submarine cable

Tierra Del Mar residents met with public officials and Facebook representatives earlier this month to discuss a proposed landing for a submarine cable. At issue was an application for a conditional use permit to land submarine fiber optic cable on an oceanfront residential lot at 28560 Sandlake Road.

Pacific Northwest
Energy

BOEM Oregon to host renewable energy task force meeting

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is holding a BOEM an Oregon Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force meeting on September 27.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

Increasing the abundance of a threatened or endangered species can deliver large economic benefits

A new study provides evidence that increasing the abundance of a threatened or endangered species can deliver large benefits to the citizens of the Pacific Northwest.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Helping threatened coho salmon could generate hundreds of millions in non-market economic benefits

A new study provides evidence that increasing the abundance of a threatened or endangered species can deliver large benefits to the citizens of the Pacific Northwest.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

State fish managers to discuss Columbia salmon, invite pulbic

The public is invited to attend a series of committee meetings comprised of members of the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions to discuss the next steps in the review of salmon management on the Columbia River.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

Canada: The demand for luxury shellfish is polluting the ocean with plastic

The federal government has taken action recently to reduce the amount of plastic waste found on land and in oceans, rivers and lakes.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Scientists warn of too many pink salmon in North Pacific

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Biological oceanographer Sonia Batten experienced her lightbulb moment on the perils of too many salmon three years ago as she prepared a talk on the most important North Pacific seafood you'll never see on a plate—zooplankton.Zooplanktons nourish everything from juvenile salmon to seabirds to giant whales.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

What Lurks Beneath Oregon Coast Beaches? Get Ready...

What is underneath the Oregon coast? Agates, yes. Bedrock and a few shipwrecks, yes. Also, at least one old timey mail car. Plus, bugs, crabs, clams and a whole biosphere of wee little critters. (Above: bedrock at Moolack).

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

When Seattle bigwigs come calling, tell them the Port of Tacoma is open for business

Intercity chamber-of-commerce study missions sure have come down in the world when, instead of the opportunity to jet off to some exotic foreign city, participants are offered a junket to … Tacoma?

Pacific Northwest
Science

Whale watchers say they aren't J pod's biggest problem

Industry players argue they protect and monitor the southern resident whales

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

With helicopters, explosives, engineering, Canada races to save Fraser salmon

Facing swift currents, rising water levels and temperatures that could reach 37 Celcius (98.6 degrees Farenheight), dozens of Canadian engineers, biologists and technicians will spend the coming days moving boulders, scaling cliffs and transporting fish by helicopter in order to save salmon blocked by a landslide.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Port Renfrew, British Columbia looks to reinvent itself in the wake of tough fishing restrictions

Clouds hang low over the hills and a sporadic, warm rain slicks the docks at the Pacific Gateway Marina in Port Renfrew. It should be a good day for anglers around the community, which advertises sports fishing as its specialty, attracting British Columbians and tourists from around the world who want to catch salmon and halibut.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

Oregon: Gearhart adopts tsunami hazard overlay zone

All of Gearhart faces threat from the most severe tsunami events.

Pacific Northwest
Property

Scientists say new tsunami zone building law puts Oregonians in danger

HB 3309 overturns a 1995 ban that kept schools, hospitals, and police and fire stations from being built in tsunami zones.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

Blaine: A Short History of a Coastal Town

Blaine, Washington: Where America Begins. Sitting on the very northwest corner of Washington and a formal doorway between the U.S. and Canada, Blaine is a small town with a lot of history.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

10 candidates are competing for 2 seats on Port of Seattle Commission

With a growing airport and a looming trade war, the Port of Seattle is looking for ways to maximize growth in trade, tourism and transportation while accommodating conservation efforts.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

More whale news: Oregon aims to cut entanglements

Oregon wildlife officials have proposed new regulations to avoid entangling whales in commercial fishing gear used by the state’s Dungeness crab industry.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

Seattle Building New Port To Handle Cruise Boom

With Alaska continuing to be incredibly popular with cruisers, Seattle is moving forward with plans to expand their port. The goal is to have another berth available for ships by the 2023 season.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Global Warming Is Pushing Pacific Salmon to the Brink, Federal Scientists Warn

The fish, critical to local economies and the food chain, were already under pressure from human infrastructure like dams. Climate change is turning up the heat.

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